Sunday, 22 February 2015

University Room Tour...

Hey everyone!
I thought that today I'd share with you what my University room looks like (now I've added my motivation/Pinterest wall!). I'm really happy with it as I tried to make it as cosy as possible as well as maximising space/storage.
Now it's very 'me', I definitely think of it as my home away from home...

I put up the fairy lights under my skylight as soon as I moved in to make it more girly, and I also bought a few pieces of furniture with me- including the Ikea bedside table, clothing rail, Ikea cube storage, and Ikea Alex tall chest of drawers.

I love this cushion- 'Dream' from the Holly Willoughby collection in BHS. I love white bedlinin and white furniture as I think it makes the room look bigger and it's really chic.

My bedside table features my iPhone and iPad, some very old copies of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, Lucy Meck's Be Body Beautiful book (quite good by the way! Keeps me motivated to work out and eat healthier) and a copy of the book I'm currently reading.

I also love keeping a moisturiser, hand cream, multi-vitamins and body spray next to my bed, especially as it's a fitting a white/pink theme.

It's a little cluttered in this corner and you can just see the corner of my huge creamy/beige rug. I've got my clothes rail with my most used bags and shoes, my Ikea Alex drawers where I literally have a drawer for everything: the top 3 are stationary/paper/uni related things and the rest are designated to fake tan, haircare, skincare, miscellaneous...

I also have my TV which I used to watch so much in first and second year but now I only put it on in the mornings to watch the news and otherwise tend to watch TV in the lounge with the girls or catch-up on the laptop! Above my TV is a painting that my best friend in America painted me a few years ago- I love it and the pop of colour it brings to any room.

I bought this cube as I was inspired by FleurDeForce's office space where a few of these featured! It's perfect for keeping my books/DVDs (Desperate Housewives is life), post-shower/daily essentials (dry shampoo, argon oil, blowdry spray) and I also keep my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser set in there. There's also my hair-dye, jewellery box, some bunting and a pair of gloves. On top, I tried to make it pretty and not cluttered- I have some makeup, a scented candle, perfume and a big photo frame full of pictures of me and my friends from sixth-form and first year.

Finally, we have my desk/blogging/working corner! I love the hanging heart I got from a Christmas market, my storage boxes hidden behind my wardrobe along with my Mini travel bag and pilates/workout matt. On my wardrobe I've stuck on a term planner (A3) with a list of all my social commitments on one side, and work deadlines on the other. Below that I have my dissertation timetable (I'm already behind- typical me). Then I've just got a photo from my year 13 prom with my 'dream day' written which is something I wrote as a goal, e.g I know that if I wake up at 9am, have a productive day of work or blogging, go to the gym, then have a healthy dinner followed by chill time (tv/reading) I feel so much better.

Hope this was interesting, if you have any questions feel free to ask! 
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Lots of love,

Monday, 16 February 2015

Motivation/Pinterest Wall


So I have to give credit here to Corrie (Dizzybrunette3)- I was so inspired by her recent post on her blogging space and her Tumblr Wall. I thought that this was just what I needed to go on the blank space above my desk at Uni, and I even ordered a set for my best friend Sara who's over in Paris as one of her 21st presents as I thought it was so cute and personal.

I ordered 44 petite polaroids from HuggleUp for £10 (usually £12.50 but the first order you place is a bit cheaper). As you can see, I've only used 25 of them but I'm sure I'll make a use of what to do with some of the others. They are quite small but put together in a collage they look so cute, especially with some fairylights around them (I am a fairylights obsessive). 

I went with a mixture of motivational quotes and pictures from Pinterest and Tumblr, including photos of Italy (where I'm going this summer), me and my friends, my Mum and Dad, fashion, makeup, and even Taylor Swift's in there. This should definitely help motivate me to do my Uni work especially during the dreaded weeks leading up to dissertation hand in!

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Lots of love,

Thursday, 12 February 2015

REVIEW: Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set

Hey everyone,
I'm SO EXCITED at the arrival of my new babies- the Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set.
I can't tell you how long I've been after these; they've just seemed to be sold out on Love-Makeup and BeautyBay, and I was being all stubborn and didn't want to pay in Euros from the official German website.
I kindly got treated to these as an early Valentines present and couldn't be happier...I squealed when they arrived! (my God I'm shallow).

The set includes 8 brushes:
106 Powder Brush
102 Silk Finish Brush
110 Face Shape Brush

127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush
142 Concealer Buffer
227 Soft Definer
231 Petite Crease Brush
317 Wing Liner Brush (I personally use this for my brows with Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade!)

These brushes are SUCH good quality and so soft. I also think they're really good value at £56.95 (+ 
free delivery) as this works out at just over £7 a brush. 
They look so pretty on your dressing table too (rose gold obsessions), and the free pouch that comes with them is now currently home to all my brushes.
My Favourite Brushes...

The Silk Finish brush honestly gives a lovely dewy finish to your foundation and feels so nice on your skin. It's pretty similar to the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques but a bit softer and move-able (although it is still very dense as a brush which I like!). 

My contouring has never been so quick and easy thanks to this guy! It really gets the angle of your cheekbone nicely whether you're using bronzer or blush. I haven't owned a brush like this before so I can't compare it to any others but I just know I love it!

All the other brushes in the set are lovely too, including the eye brushes. I now am craving the matching Rose Golden Complete Eye Set...uh oh..

Thanks for reading!
Lots of love,

Monday, 9 February 2015

Valentine's Gift Guide for Him

Valentine's Gift Guide for him

Welcome to the second part of my Valentine's gift guide, where I share a few present ideas for the men in your life...

1. Calvin Klein Boxer Set- I think this is a great gift because they're a bit too expensive for him to necessarily splurge on himself but are stylish, sexy and he'll definitely use them!

2. Portable Phone Charger- If he's a bit of a gadget man he might already have one of these, but if he doesn't- he needs one! They're so useful and at the moment the Anker range are massively reduced on Amazon so check that out :)

3. Cologne/Aftershave- Guys that smell good are just something else, I think they often underestimate the importance of a good fragrance! My personal favourites include any Armani scent (I like Diamonds a lot) and Paco Rabanne 1 Million. 

4. Jack Wills - Here I've chosen a nice shirt, and a pair of comfy loungepants. I went with the brand Jack Wills because sometimes guys love a label, and it's currently 25% off for students. Thank me later!

5. Chocolate - Why does chocolate have to be something only girls like? I reckon you should get a box of chocolates like a nice special collection from Hotel Chocolat and share it whilst watching a movie or something. A perfect present you can both benefit from!

6. Nike Roshe Runs- These shoes are really popular at the moment with an increasing amount of guys wearing them. They're sporty/casual and apparently really comfy.

7. Gift Basket- If nothing stands out to you then why not make a gift basket for him, full of his favourite things? You could put a small bottle of wine/prosecco, some of his favourite foods, a DVD, anything! Very personalised and romantic.

Other ideas include a weekend away or buying an experience for him if you have a bigger budget!

(All links are above)

Thanks for reading guys, as always!
Lots of love, 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Valentine's Gift Guide for Her

Valentines Gift guide for her

Hello everyone!
I've just decided to write up a last minute Valentines gift guide! It's full of things I'd personally love to get for Valentines Day, so if you're still struggling, I hope this gives you some inspiration...

1. Perfume- I've chosen two of my favourite scents as an example: Lancome La Vie Est Belle and Mark Jacobs Daisy. Can't go wrong.

2. A Watch- I am obsessed with this Rose Gold Olivia Burton watch! It's so pretty and you can get this at Asos and Topshop I believe.

3. Zoeva Makeup Brushes- I've just written a review on these which will be up shortly, but I love them and personally got them as an early Valentines present! They look so pretty on your dressing table as well as being good value and high quality brushes.

4. Pandora- I love Pandora and I think you can never go wrong with something from there as a gift for your loved one. Sticking to a 'love' theme I chose the heart ring or the heart-shaped charm.

5. Lingerie/PJ's- If you want to get something a bit more sexy, other than an underwear set (I love them all.) I fell in love with this cute Strappy Front Teddy from Asos. At £25 I think it's a perfect present. I love this colour but I think they also have it in black .

6. Michael Kors Bag- Okay, so I put this on here because 1, I want one very much, and 2, I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS COLOUR. Obviously this only applies if you have a big budget but I thought I'd include it anyway.

7. Lipgloss- Any girly-girl would love a nice expensive lipgloss for their collection! Nars do great ones with a large selection of shades, as do MAC and if you really want to push the boat out check out Chanel.

8. Other Makeup - I stumbled across this Too Faced Sweetheart Beads- Radiant Glow Face Powder on Asos and thought it was a perfect little Valentine's present as the beads are heart shaped and being winter/spring at the moment our skin needs a bit of TLC, meaning we all need a little extra glow!

(All links above)

Thanks for reading everyone, hope you liked what I came up with!
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Lots of love,

Saturday, 7 February 2015

REVIEW: Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

Hey everyone, 
Today I thought I'd review a mascara that I've recently purchased...
Now, I don't usually buy Bourjois mascaras, nor do I particularly rate them generally but I'd heard a bit of hype around this one and really wanted to try it.

The packaging is nice and I do like the brush- on first impressions it looks like it'll make a difference to my lashes as well as combing them out to separate them.
The mascara claims to:
  • Have 16 hour hold (waterproof claims 24 hours)
  • Easy to remove
  • Both Spherical Bristles that 'perfectly wrap lashes for 360 volume',  and Straight Bristles to create 'clump free definition'

I decided to pick up the non-waterproof version in the colour 'ultra black' as you know I like my glam look!

Pros: It DEFINITELY adds volume to your lashes. Without question this has made my lashes the thickest they've looked in just one coat (although I add about 3, because I like it that way).
It also is easy to remove (a lot easier than Benefit's They're Real, and the consistency is quite similar).

Cons: Big con for me...this mascara didn't lengthen my lashes at all really. What I need in a mascara is lengthening and volumising combined, which in fairness this mascara never claimed. 

So basically, if you already have long lashes this mascara could be the absolute dream! 
I'm definitely going to purchase a lengthening mascara like Max Factor Masterpiece and then add a layer of this on top and hopefully achieve better results. I am a huge fan of using two different mascaras at once anyway!

Rating: 6/10

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

January Favourites 2015

Hey guys!

So it's monthly favourites time, and I've been eagerly waiting to share with you what I've been absolutely loving this month. January is probably the worst month of the year for me: cold weather, post-christmas blues and now the daunting thought of how it's my last term at uni/in education ever! Plus...I just generally miss hot sunny weather!

I've also been trying to organise myself more with my dissertation deadline approaching, writing a planner and trying to find motivation. I want to get back into the heath and fitness hype that I was on before Christmas too, so I think I need to purchase some new gym kit (loving the look of Boohoo Fit and Missguided Active range) and get back on it. I'm currently trying to go to the gym as much as possible (I've got a spinning class on Wednesday and oh my god I hate spinning), looking into Protein World, Lucy Meck's new book and Pinteresting loads of yummy healthy recipes.
Meanwhile, I've got a number of favourites for this month including some new discoveries! So lets get into it...

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo- Mega Instant. This was a spur of the moment purchase whilst in Newcastle as my old dry shampoo had run out and my hair was looking a bit crap. I've got to say, this has to be one of the best dry shampoos i've tried. I love the scent firstly, and how light it feels on my hair. It also doesn't leave any grey patches like the Batiste ones sometimes do! It's so good for adding some instant volume and keeps my hair nice and soft.

Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15- Super Facialist by Una Brennan. This was another new discovery this month but has become a solid part of my everyday morning routine. It's a beautiful scented moisturiser that's kind to the skin and also helps protect against sun damage/anti ageing. It makes my skin super soft and radiant and I'm pretty sure it's helped clear my skin up too!

MAC Pure Zen/Shy Girl and MAC Whirl Lipliner. I'm basically so on the Kylie Jenner hype it's unreal and I think I'm pretty lucky to have Whirl lipliner because apparently it's still out of stock?! But it makes my lips look fuller and I just looove it. I'm also into my peachy creamy nudes coming up to spring and I've just purchased my second tube of Shy Girl as I went through the last one far too quickly!

Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze Universel. I've had this now for 2 years and I'm so close to running out I want to cry! This is not cheap to repurchase on a whim (£32) but it's the nicest multi-use product! I personally use a large powder brush to apply it to my face after moisturising and it basically acts as a bronzed base, warming up my currently very pale winter skin. Some people also use this as a bronzer and/or contour, so it really does have so many uses. Because it's so creamy it's also very blendable and wears well on the skin.

Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque. Obviously this cold weather does nothing for the condition of our hair, so I've been applying this hair mask once a week, and sometimes I leave it on overnight for maximum results. It seriously makes my hair so soft, shiny and strong and I need it to be in good condition so it'll grow faster! (250ml is currently £15 on Amazon, down from £26)

Seven Seas Radiant You Capsules. Another product that I attribute to my hair growth is definitely these babies. You can get them in Boots and they're not very expensive! I got a month's supply and I found my skin, hair and nails all improved in condition. My mum got them for me originally after talking to her friends at work who are Doctors and they all recommended them- now I've got my housemate on them so hopefully she'll have good hair growth progress too!

Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade. This has transformed my eyebrow life. Anastasia you are the queen of the brows and I love you. I actually get complimented on my eyebrows now...(this is huge for me ok)
You should see my eyebrows like a year ago. Now I just spend a few minutes in the morning with just an angled brush and some of this stuff (I have the shade 'dark brown'). I do actually think I should have got the 'chocolate' shade instead but it's okay because I just apply it with an extra light hand. I do actually really want to go get my eyebrows 'done' in Harvey Nicks or something but I just can't justify it at the moment financially, and I almost don't need to now I have this in my life! 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes <33333
Aaaaaaah I can't even. This book is the best book I have ever read. Ever. If you like books, or if you don't- you need to read it! I couldn't actually get over it for a few days and I tweeted the author and she tweeted back telling me I had a 'book hangover' !! haha. What a babe. It's basically a love story in my opinion but some people don't think it's a love story...just a story of two people who change each others lives, but it's so inspirational and has actually changed the way I think about some things in life. I'm now reading her newest book called 'The One Plus One' which is also very good.

Thanks for reading! Hope you feel inspired by some of the things I've mentioned!

Let me know what you've been loving this month?
lots of love,

Friday, 30 January 2015

Weekly Obsessions: Kylie Jenner

I don't know if it's surgery, lip injections, makeup, or puberty... but I want it?!
Ms Jenner, younger sibling of the Kardashians and supermodel Kendall Jenner, has really come into the limelight recently hasn't she? We've seen her on the television since she was just 10 years old, and last year, her Instagram selfies raised a few eyebrows. Was it surgery? At 16? She insists not, claiming in a recent interview with Cosmopolitan that her new look is down to learning how to do her makeup properly and puberty.
I personally think if you look reeeeally closely you can see her natural lips in the photo above. They're slightly darker and you can see this more easily on her top lip. But her recent 'no makeup' selfie (see below) published half way through writing this post has left me even more confused than ever! 

It's also great she's so body confident, as she's definitely either been blessed with a great body, or been working out and eating well to tone up and be permanently bikini ready. 

“These plastic surgery rumours hurt my feelings to be honest and are kinda insulting.” Kylie defends her lips and stated in a recent interview, "Big lips are awesome".
When looking at the photo above, my boyfriend James said: "I never thought I would ever find someone with blue hair that attractive."  Brilliant.

She also never takes a selfie without a set of false lashes, however she probably gets regular eyelash extensions. Well groomed and arched brows also shape her face and contouring her cheekbones slims her face and softens her jaw-line.I'm also such a massive fan of her style. It's a little extreme for me personally and it is expensive (obviously). It's based around a grungy/edgy look with designer thigh high boots or caged heels paired with a designer bag. However, what I love is that she isn't afraid of being a bit different and is very confident with it.
 "I like to mix edgy and boho. Nicole Richie has great fashion sense."
 "Puberty is a beautiful thing".
Whatever people think of her look, I love it. It is a great example of expertly applied makeup and what it can do for girls, and their self esteem. She is not perfect; and she has lived her life in the limelight since she was a small child. She's had to follow 5 beautiful older sisters (her closest an international supermodel), and she has found her own individual identity, setting herself apart using makeup and her own sense of style. She has a mature head on her shoulders, and I for one will be trying out this makeup look! But I'll pass on the blue hair, for now.
Love ya Ky.

"Being yourself is the best way to have someone fall in love with you."
“Try getting to know someone before making assumptions”
"Don't rely on other people to make you happy."
To achieve Kylie's look:
- Medium coverage yellow based foundation, e.g Nars Sheer Glow or L'oreal True Match
- Heavy coverage highlighting concealer, e.g Nars Creamy Concealer or Rimmel Match Perfection.
- Bronzer to contour, (any matt bronzer will do, e.g Benefit Hoola)
- False lashes, e.g Ardell's Demi Wispies.
- Volumising and lengthening mascara- I love Benefit's They're Real or Urban Decay Perversion.
- Good brow pencil/brow set.
- Browny-pink Lipliner, e.g MAC Whirl or Rimmel/L'Oreal do good ones.
- Matte browny/nude lipstick e.g Velvet Teddy by MAC or a cheaper dupe.
- Liquid eyeliner or gel liner to create the 'winged' effect.
- Golden/bronzey eyeshadow colours, I recommend Urban Decay's Naked Palette 1 or 2.

Thanks for reading! Do you like Kylies look? 
Do you think it's expertly applied makeup, or is it surgery?

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Pinterest Obsessions

A snapshot of my Pinterest...

So, I'm going though a phase of being absolutely addicted to Pinterest. I love it so much for inspiration- food recipes, travel destinations, makeup looks, hair, interior design, quotes. Obsessed. 
I've recently just ordered some cute polaroid photos that I hope to put up above my desk when they arrive- full of funny/motivational quotes, style and beauty pictures that I've got off Pinterest and the odd one of me and my loved ones in there too, so I can't wait to show you guys!

At the moment I'm loving healthy, delicious recipes, and quotes that keep me motivated to work out, do work, and stick to my new year's resolutions. I'm loving fairylights, candles, and all things cosy in terms of interior design. I literally can't wait until I have my own home and can decorate it exactly how I like and have the comfiest sofa ever (these sofas in student houses just don't hack it!). Creams and neutral shades and soft fabrics are my current faves. I'm also a little bored of my hair so I'm looking at different pretty styles.
On the fashion side of things, I'm loving black, black, black. Black ripped jeans and long black boots. Also, high-neck jumpers, and grey marl tops and chunky cardigans. Makeup looks I'm loving include fresh dewy skin, winged eyeliner, and tutorials on how to make your eyebrows look unreal. 2015 IS the year every woman wants their eyebrows to look unreal ok (it's not just me).

I'm going to start using Pinterest more for my blog, as a lot of bloggers have boards full of tips, tricks, blog design help etc and even blog post ideas!
If you have Pinterest and want to follow me I'd love it!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

How to look like Kim Kardashian

Okay, okay. So whether or not you like or don't like them, I think the Kardashian's are beautiful. They have taken over the social media world, one sister at a time. I think their makeup is amazing and although they are naturally gorgeous, their makeup artist has to have played a massive part in their success story.

Kim has already revealed the 'secret' behind her look is contouring (see previous blog post on contouring). In the above photo, look at the highlighted concealer under each eye, applied in a triangular shape, and then the bronzer swept across her cheekbones and down the sides of her nose. That is contouring perfection my friends.

^ This is what she used to look like...good makeup and contouring can do wonders hey?!

Kim Kardashian completely owns the smokey-eye meets nude-lips look, it's actually hard to find a picture of her looking so good without this makeup combo! She famously uses the lipstick Angel by MAC (definitely on my wishlist) with probably a nude lipgloss over the top. Lipliner is also used to softly define and create the effect of a fuller lip.
The Kardashian/Jenner sisters also heavily emphasise eyes using a pair of fake lashes/eyelash extensions. They make eyes look so much bigger and open them up, even if they can be seen as a bit OTT for a daytime look. Ms Kardashian isn't afraid of a bold smokey eye and a well pigmented black eyeshadow (such as Creep), a nice set of eyeshadow brushes, and a lot of blending probably does the trick.  

She literally always looks so flawless and radiant, her foundation must be slightly luminous such as Nars Sheer Glow, but it does look like she uses a slightly heavier coverage for a more glamourous look. Interestingly, she also looks to apply her blush not on the apples of her cheeks, but in a very similar place to her bronzer where she's contoured her cheekbones, which i'm totally going to try first thing in the morning.
Finally, her eyebrows are full and well shaped and groomed, inspiring me to have mine professionally done!

 Products (and wishlist!) to recreate Kim's look:

- Set of false lashes such as Eyelure 143's or my all time favourites, Ardell Demi Wispies.
- Medium-heavy cover foundation, e.g. Estee Lauder's Double Wear, or Nars Sheer Glow for a radiant finish.
- A radiant highlighting concealer e.g touche eclat, or a cheaper dupe. I love Rimmel's Match Perfection concealer in the lightest shade; Ivory.

- Radiant enhancing primer, I have one from NARS but Smashbox ones are apparently amazing!

- A contour palette (love my set from Anastasia Beverley Hills)
- Warm toned bronzer, such as Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess.
- MAC Angel Lipstick, or similar dupe.
- A nude lipliner, Rimmel are inexpensive yet good quality ones.
- A good set of face and eye brushes (Sigma, Zoeva, Real Techniques...)
- Eyebrow wax and powder such as Benefit's Browzings or Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Prominade in the shade 'Dark Brown'
- A translucent/slightly yellow-tinted finishing powder such as Ben Nye's Banana Powder or Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.
- (Optional, but for the above look) a nude/white eyeliner.

I WILL look like Kimmy K one day! Haha.
Thanks for reading :)

Friday, 16 January 2015

A Beauty Bible


Hey guys, hope you're well. Today I'm just quickly going to talk about something that I've recently acquired and am in love with.
I first heard about this book from Becca Rose on YouTube, who got this as a Christmas present.
'Pretty Honest' is written by Sali Hughes, a beauty journalist who is very experienced in the industry, trying and testing hundreds of products, and she really knows her stuff. Her own website is branded as 'a site for opinionated, smart women who just happen to love beauty with a passion.' 

She cuts the crap and basically tells you what works, and what doesn't, as well as the best brands for certain beauty/makeup items. In the first few pages she also addresses and tackles the issue that women are branded shallow, vein, or simply more unintelligent for wearing makeup compared to those who choose to go bare faced on a daily basis. She explains that makeup can make women feel more powerful and ready for their day, and that some women (like me) love the part of the day which they can apply their makeup, choosing a different makeup look from one day to the next. That is what feminism is all about- freedom. Freedom to wear makeup, or not to. We are NOT betraying women and obeying society/men for wearing it. High five Sali.

If you are a beauty lover or even if you're not and just want useful tips this book would benefit you. Topics include how to choose the right foundation, your skin type, anti-ageing, brows, bridal, maternity makeup, salon etiquette and how to give and receive compliments. A great book for coming-of-age teens to the mature woman. My Mum's even got her own copy now after flicking through the pages of mine.

I picked up the hardcover version on Amazon (link) where it's being sold for around the £12 mark, and for Kindle it's around £9. It's the number one best-seller for a reason!

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